Supervisor Training

Psychology Board of Australia – Supervisor Training

In June 2013, the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) introduced supervisor training requirements that apply to all psychologists who provide supervision to interns and registered psychologists. There is now a requirement that supervisors be accredited through approved supervision training, and that this training is maintained through regular approved training.

PsyBA-approved supervisor training entails four distinct, stipulated component parts: (1) online knowledge preparation; (2) face-to-face skills training; (3) competency-based assessment and evaluation; and (4) continuing education through attendance at Master Classes. Psychologists wishing to undertake the training must meet other eligibility criteria for PsyBA approval.

For more information on the PsyBA supervisor training requirements, go to the PsyBA website.

There are four components to the PsyBA training, including online training (component one), a two day training of competency based supervision skills (component two) and an evaluation of supervision skills by way of video (component three). The fourth component consists of masterclasses that must be completed every five years to continue supervision accreditation.

-   Component one - The Wentworth Forensic Clinic does not provide component one of the supervision training model (please see this link for other AHPRA accredited trainers who provide the first component).

-   Component two - two day skills training (Prerequisite: component one online knowledge preparation training)

  • Two days which encompasses lecture, demonstration and role play of key skills of competency based supervision
  • Builds on skills provided in component one online training
  • Walks through the supervision process including understanding the competency model of supervision, preparation of a supervision contract, components of effective supervision, provision of effective feedback, dealing with supervision problems and termination of the supervision process.
  • Preparation for the evaluation process (component three)

-  Component three - Competency based assessment and evaluation (Prerequisite: Online and two day Skills Training)

  • Agenda driven review of video, where specific competency model based skills are demonstrated.

-  Component four - Master Classes. These are required every five years to maintain status as accredited supervisors.

  • Masterclass 1 – Providing Effective Feedback – through lecture, demonstration (live and through video presentation) and practice, this workshop will focus on identifying how to most effectively provide (and receive) feedback within the supervisory process.
  • Masterclass 2 – Review of Supervision Practices and Principles – basically a one day summary of the two day general training – aimed at those psychologists who became supervisors without having done any particular training or want a refresher.
  • Masterclass 3 – Narrative Reflective Supervision Model – one day training in narrative reflective supervision practice. Prior to the day, participants are asked to identify and document one or more supervision issues for discussion within the model. Once the basic ‘steps’ of the model are identified, the remainder of the day is spent in doing the model with participants identified issues and debriefing.
  • Masterclass 4 – Current Issues in Supervision Practice – small group interaction where participants bring in an agenda and video of supervision to sharpen skills through feedback and discussion. Please note: participants of this workshop must provide their agenda three (3) days prior to the workshop date and must have a high quality (in terms of being able to see and hear the interaction between the supervisor and consenting supervisee) video that has been reviewed and timemarked for specific discussion points related to the presented agenda.

The supervision training provided focuses on supervisors who are intending on providing supervision for higher placement or endorsement supervision. Some components of this training are provided at a discounted rate if you are able to provide higher education supervision for students who are in UNSW Psychology Masters’ programs (Forensic or Clinical) – please contact Anita McGregor if you believe you may qualify for the discount prior to registration. Only one ‘voucher’ per person will be provided in a calendar year (i.e., cancellations are not allowed). Additionally, if you represent a group of psychologists from a particular area, and prefer a more focused training or have any general queries about the training provided by the Wentworth Forensic Clinic, please contact Anita McGregor at amcgregor@unsw.edu.au for further information.

All training provided in Sydney at the UNSW Kensington Campus (unless otherwise organized or noted). Notification of confirmation of class location, timing (usually 9am to 5pm) and other directions will be provided two weeks prior to the workshop. We reserve the right to cancel class due to lack of participants or to other reasonable issues.

Component one

Not provided

Component two - Two Day Training – maximum 12 participants: ($500) – no lunch or coffee provided. Workshops run 9am to 5pm

April 5/6, 2018 – Component 2 course Location: UNSW, Kensington Campus Click here to register
July 16/17, 2018 - Component 2 course Location: UNSW, Kensington Campus Click here to register
November 1/2, 2018 - Component 2 course Location: UNSW, Kensington Campus Click here to register

Component three - Competency based assessment and evaluation: ($300)

Click here to register - email amcgregor@unsw.edu.au to arrange a time and date

Component Four - Master Class – maximum 8 participants: ($400) – no lunch or coffee provided. Workshops run 9am to 5pm

February 5, 2018 - Masterclass 1 - Providing Effective Feedback (facilitated by Chien Gooi) Location: UNSW, Kensington Campus Click here to register
February 16, 2018 - Masterclass 2 – Review of Supervision Practices and Principles (facilitated by Anita McGregor) Location: UNSW, Kensington Campus Click here to register
February 20, 2018 – Masterclass 3 – Narrative Reflective Supervision Model (facilitated by Rachael Haggett) Note: Due to low enrolment this course is cancelled Cancelled
April 3, 2018 – Masterclass 2 - Review of Supervision Practices and Principles (facilitated by Natalie Mamone) Location: UNSW, Kensington Campus Click here to register
April 23, 2018 - Masterclass 1 - Providing Effective Feedback (facilitated by Chien Gooi) Location: UNSW, Kensington Campus Click here to register
May 18, 2018 - Masterclass 2 - Review of Supervision Practices and Principles (facilitated by Anita McGregor) Location: UNSW, Kensington Campus Click here to register
NEW - June 18, 2018 - Masterclass 1 - Providing Effective Feedback (facilitated by Chien Gooi) Location: UNSW, Kensington Campus Click here to register
August 10, 2018 – Masterclass 4 – Current Issues in Supervision Practice (facilitated by Anita McGregor) Note: Due to low enrolment this course is cancelled Cancelled
October 19, 2018 - Masterclass 1 - Providing Effective Feedback (facilitated by Anita McGregor) Location: UNSW, Kensington Campus Click here to register
November 23, 2018 – Masterclass 3 – Narrative Reflective Supervision Model (facilitated by Rachael Haggett) Note: This course is cancelled Cancelled